• Review: Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki

    Review: Aerosoft Mega Airport Helsinki

    By Michael Hayward

    Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki     Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki

    In October 2012, developers A-Flight released their Mega Airport Helsinki package published under Aerosoft. At the time of release, this was their first mainstream scenery released for sale for FSX and P3D.

    In mid-July, I went on a week-long holiday to Finland, flying into Helsinki Vantaa before taking a train to the city and onwards to Lappeenranta. Losing my passport days before flying however meant that I was stuck in the city and the airport for a few extra days before making my way back to the UK.

    In the light of my recent trip to Finland, I thought that now would be a perfect opportunity to review this airport, comparing it to the real world and seeing how true-to-life Mega Airport Helsinki is.

    Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki     Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki

    What/Where Is It?

    Mega Airport Helsinki includes Helsinki Airport and some bordering buildings.

    Constructed and opening in 1952, it was made for the Summer Olympics that year in order to lessen the traffic flying to Helsinki-Malmi Airport which was struggling to cope with the sudden increase in traffic.

    The airport itself is situated in the town of Vantaa, which is 10 miles north of Helsinki city center, and only 3 miles west of Tikkurila. It was built on the Mottisuo, a large flat boggy marshland that once stretched out for miles north from the capital before being developed on.

    Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki     Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki

    Installation

    Installing the Mega Airport Helsinki scenery was simple, as with any other Aerosoft install.

    Once you have downloaded the installer, run the program and select your chosen simulator. You then input your activation key and the installer does the rest.

    When running the simulator, it's good practice to also check if the scenery has been activated in your scenery library, as on some occasions it will not do this automatically. Once the airport is added, you are ready to go.

    Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki     Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki

    You get three documents with this add-on. A 16-page manual in German and English explaining the add-on and the features it includes, as well as a 51-page color charts book showing all of the approaches and departures from Vantaa (in-date to when this scenery was released).

    You also get a tweaking tool that lets you adjust the airport scenery depending on what visuals you want to see within the airport and surrounding areas, as well as texture resolutions depending on your system. The tweaking tool also lets you toggle winter and summer trees and snowbanks - meaning this does not appear to be automated which is a shame, but fair for the time that this scenery was released.

    Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki     Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki


    1 Comment
    1. CRJ_simpilot's Avatar
      CRJ_simpilot -
      Looks good. May check this out.

      Your passport, if found may in fact get sold on the black market. LOL
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